- Jun 4, 2012
You don't need to heavily process anything, you can add lactase to milk and it's done. For most of history people didn't drink almond milk did they? Because it's hugely labour intensive to produce something of limited nutritional value.Let me put it this way: lactose intolerance is on a sliding scale. If you stop drinking milk as an adult, it becomes much more difficult to tolerate it. This doesn't mean that it was 100% okay before that.
Lactose free=heavily processed. Milk at the store is already pastuerized before it's safe to drink, altering the nutrients that would naturally be there. Cow's milk is something that was not consumed by humans for something like 95% of their history.
If that counts as health food, it's basically in a class of it's own since the great majority of health food does not require heavy processing and isn't correlated with GI upset.
Insects will have been eaten by the bulk of early humans and are very healthy, I doubt they feature much in your diet.
And pasteurization is not essential, it's a modern precaution, just as many aspects of modern farming are. It's also done to eggs, fruit juice and many nuts. Are they unnatural too? I eat raw cheeses and they're legal in the EU.
This is a bizarre argument that you've created. I don't care if you prefer almond milk and I've no investment in promoting milk. The facts are simple and undeniable. Milk has far greater nutritional value than almond milk. It is what is.